EPC Requirements in Belfast, Northern Ireland

What are Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)?

Similar to how certain appliances like dishwashers and fridges have energy labels, Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) reflect the energy efficiency rating of buildings. The energy performance of buildings is graded on a scale of A to G, where A is very efficient and G is very inefficient.

EPCs standardize the energy efficiency of buildings, enabling prospective buyers and tenants to compare buildings of the same type. Prospective buyers and tenants can learn about the energy efficiency and carbon emissions of a building and make their decisions on whether or not to buy or rent using this information. Not only is a building’s energy efficiency important for environmental reasons, but it is also important because it can be reflective of the fuel costs that will arise.

In addition to providing a rating system to compare the energy efficiency of buildings, EPCs also include a report with suggestions for improving the building’s energy efficiency. This report contains the recommendation of measures such as zero-carbon generating systems and also states which rating could be achieved if the recommended measures are implemented. The report is a useful thing to consider before buying a home in Belfast.

When are Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) required?

Energy Performance Certificates in Belfast (EPCs) are required for newly constructed buildings, as well as for existing buildings if they are going to be put on the market for sale or rent.

What does the Law say about EPCs and how long are EPCs are valid for?

For an EPC to be valid, it needs to come from an accredited energy assessor who has visited the property to conduct an assessment. Once this assessor completes a property’s EPC rating, a copy of the EPC will be kept on a national register available for a public query using the EPC Register provided by the Ministry of Housing and also by Communities & Local Government.

EPCs are valid for 10 years and can be used multiple times during that period.

What are the fines for not acquiring an EPC?

Since EPCs are required for newly constructed buildings or any buildings that are being put on the market for rent or sale, not having one can result in a penalty enforced in Northern Ireland by district councils. There are several penalties of varying severity depending on the nature of the offense and the property.

A full list of possible penalties and violations is detailed in the Energy Performance of Building Regulations (NI). Some examples of offenses and corresponding penalties include:

  • For failure to have an EPC or for failure to show, the individual may be required to pay up to £ 200 (dwellings) and £500-£ 5 000 (any other estate)
  • Not having an EPC, the amount will be £ 500
  • For failure to show a legitimate DEC at a certain time in a conspicuous position easily accessible to the public, the penalty will be £ 500.
  • For failure to provide a correct DEC advice paper, the fine is £ 1,000
  • For failure to have your AC system assessed or for forgetting to have a scan of the ACIR, the fine is £ 100.

The article is provided by epc-belfast.net  who are a provider of EPCs in Belfast, Northern Ireland.